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‘Ageing in Place’ homes officially opened for South West seniors

13 Nov 2017

The completion of 23 new affordable homes for seniors at Boyanup and Dardanup was celebrated today at the official opening of Access Housing’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Projects.

The new homes feature a mix of 2 and 3-bedroom villas that were delivered primarily to offer local seniors the opportunity to ‘right size’ into affordable housing options better suited to their needs without having to leave their home town.

Nine new villas at Boyanup reached completion in May this year and 14 more were completed at Dardanup in June. Each of the new Independent Living Units include special Livable Housing Design features to suit residents’ abilities and changing needs and provide at least a Gold(*) level of accessibility. Two villas at each development provide a Platinum(#) level of accessibility. The homes also feature high quality fittings and finishes as well as solar passive design choices to reduce energy costs. 

(L-R): Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender, Hon Darren West MLC, Capel Shire President Murray Scott, South West Development Commission board member Brian Piesse and Dardanup Shire President Michael Bennett. (Image: SWDC/Teneille Watson)

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food Hon. Darren West MLC joined Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender, Shire of Capel President Murray Scott and Shire of Dardanup President Michael Bennett to officially open the developments today at an event at the Boyanup complex.

Mr Ellender said Access Housing was proud to have tangibly increased the supply of suitable and affordable housing options for local South West seniors.

“It is well documented that we have an ageing population in Western Australia, and it is certainly the case within the South West with there being a growing number of residents aged 55 and over,” Mr Ellender said.

“As people grow older there is often the need to find housing more suited to their abilities and lifestyle, but options in some regional areas have been limited. As a result, local retirees have traditionally had to either remain in their existing home or leave their community to find housing more appropriate for their needs.

“The ‘ageing in place’ concept inspires delivery of built for purpose housing for seniors so they can continue residing within their home town as they age. There are a number of wellbeing benefits that come with ‘ageing in place’ including the ongoing enjoyment of existing social, health and family support networks within the residents’ local community.”

Access Housing has retained seven of the new villas at each project for affordable rental purposes, with the remaining nine available for sale. Three original villas at the Boyanup site will also undergo modern refurbishments before being made available for sale. For more information about home purchase opportunities within either of these developments, prospective purchasers can contact Access Housing Realty on (08) 9430 0980. Proceeds generated through the sale of villas within the developments will be rolled forward to help fund the construction of additional new affordable homes for seniors in the South West.

Access Housing’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Projects were supported by Royalties for Regions.

(*) and (#): For more information about Livable Housing Design guidelines, including requirements for Gold and Platinum level accessibility, please visit www.livablehousingaustralia.org.au.